On This Day

What Happened on August 28, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday

Historical Events


Assassination AttemptRonald Reagan is Shot

John Hinckley Jr. pleads innocent in attempt to assassinate President Reagan
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The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
The scene moments after John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Reagan on March 30, 1981
  • National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)

Famous Birthdays

  • Agata Wróbel, Polish weightlifter
  • Daniel Gygax, Swiss footballer, born in Zürich, Switzerland
  • Martin Erat, Czech hockey player
  • Raphael Matos, Brazilian racing driver
  • Vaggelis Moras, Greek footballer

Famous Deaths

  • Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82